Product Code: HSD1040
Artist: Mark Williams
Origin: New Zealand
Label: EMI / WRC
Format: LP
Availability: In Stock
Cover: VG
Record: VG
Genre: U

Mark Williams

Rare New Zealand LP! Original pressing of debut solo album from 1975 in good condition!, gloss cover showing shelf wear and creasing.

Mark Williams (born 21 August 1954) is a New Zealand singer with Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ) number one hit singles, "Yesterday Was Just the Beginning of My Life" (1975) and a cover of Buddy Holly's "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" (1977) before he relocated to Australia later that year.[1][2] His single, "Show No Mercy" (1990) was a top ten hit in both countries.[3] He has undertaken extensive touring in support of numerous Australian bands and worked in television. In 2006 he became the vocalist for the reformed New Zealand/Australian band, Dragon.[1]

Late in 1974, Williams released his debut solo single, "Celebration"/"Let Love Come Between Us", but failed to chart. In May 1975, Williams released a song written by Vanda & Young titled "Yesterday Was Just the Beginning of My Life". The song peaked at number 1 on the New Zealand Charts for 3 weeks. The fame stunned the young singer and Williams said “I didn't feel like I was ready for anything. There was constant touring, television, and recording, it was full on.“ [6] Williams' debut self-titled album was released in June and peaked at number 2. The album was certified gold. 

In November 1975, Williams released "Sweet Wine" which peaked at number 7 on the charts. Early in 1976, Lew Pryme took Williams on a promotional visit to Australia. Upon their return to New Zealand, Pryme and Williams parted company. Williams' second album "Sweet Trials" was released in March 1976 and peaked at number 14. "If It Rains" was released and peaked at number 25. 

Late in 1976 the single "Taking It All in Stride" was released and peaked at number 14. Williams' third album, "Taking It All In Stride" was released in June 1977 and was certified gold. It contained the single "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" which peaked at number one, giving Williams his second chart topper. "A House for Sale" was released as the third and final single late in 1977, peaking at number 13.